In part embarrassed by the results in her home county, Gooch yesterday formally succumbed to Little, deciding against pursuing a recount and letting her rival's 84-vote margin of victory stand.
Max didn't site a source. I can't imagine that Diane or Mickey told him, "We're not going forward with a recount because we're embarrassed that we didn't do well in Monmouth County."
Mickey and Diane might have felt embarrassed by the results. I remember feeling embarrassed the first time I lost an election in Highlands. I put so much into the campaign. I was confident that I was the best candidate and was going to win. I was really going to make a much needed difference in my community. I had laid it all on the line and the voters chose a mechanic and a cook over me and my running mate, also a well educated businessman who was in it for the right reasons.
It stung. I thought people were laughing at me behind my back. If only we had done XX, or hadn't done YY.
Now that I've been at this a while I realise that most people went back to their regularly scheduled programing after voting and could care less about me and if I won or lost.
Wikipedia has a good definition of embarrassment:
Embarrassment is an emotional state experienced upon having a socially or professionally unacceptable act or condition witnessed by or revealed to others. Usually some amount of loss of honour or dignity is involved, but how much and the type depends on the embarrassing situation.
From where I stand there have been no socially or professionally unacceptable acts or conditions witnessed or revealed to others associated with the Gooches. Not involving this campaign or otherwise and I should know, I investigated them!
There is no loss of honour or dignity as a result of the campaign they waged.
Quite the opposite is true. The Gooches provided a great service to the 6th congressional district, to the Monmouth and Middlesex GOPs, to New Jersey and to the United States of America.
Running for office is an honorable endeavor if done for the right reasons. I believe Diane Gooch ran for the right reasons. To make a positive difference and to serve her country. There is great dignity in taking the risk to enter what many consider an undignified arena for the purpose of service. Diane Gooch did that. Most don't.
Anna Little is a stronger candiate to take on Frank Pallone than she would have been had she gained the party lines in March and not fought a primary. Had the results turned out differently, Diane Gooch would have been a much stronger candidate after having waged the primary than if the general election were to be her first campaign.
The Monmouth GOP is stronger as a result of the just completed race as well. I witnessed an invigorated, engaged and determined party at the GOP convention last night. The presence of so many Tea Party activists who before this primary were hardly involved in the political process becoming committee members is an awesome development for the party and for America.
The electorate and the media are engaged in the coming race to a much larger extent than they would have been had the Gooches not stepped up and put themselves on the line.
CD-6, New Jersey, the GOP and America are much better off than we were three months ago because of Diane and Mickey Gooch. They have nothing to be embarrassed about. They don't owe us anything. We owe them our gratitude.
I am grateful. I admire who they are and their efforts.